Ella Fitzgerald wax figure at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Serenade Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald, also known as "Lady Ella" and the "First Lady of Song", is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. She made her singing debut at 17 on November 21, 1934 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Ella’s vocal range spanned three octaves. She was noted for her purity of tone, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Over a recording career that lasted 57 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards.

  • April 25, 1917: Ella Fitzgerald was born
  • 1967: Bing Crosby Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1967: Honorary chairmanship of the Martin Luther King Foundation
  • 1979: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Honor Award
  • 1979: Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame and to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame
  • 1987: National Medal of Art awarded by President Ronald
  • 1992: Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President George Bush

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